2015 Squamish 50/50 – Preview

Can you handle 130km of burly Squamish goodness in just over twenty-four hours? The concept here is simple – race the 50 miler and 50 kilometer events on back-to-back days.

Seems simple enough, except that I’m undertrained and underprepared and a little anxious, but yeah, I’m running the Squamish 50/50 this weekend.

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GO! St Louis road Marathon – Preview

The GO! St Louis road Marathon is my third event of the year and takes place this coming Sunday morning (04/12/2015) in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The course is essentially four out and backs run entirely on road, crossing the Mississippi River for a few brief miles in Illinois before crossing back into and finishing in Missouri.

This is a part of a bigger race weekend as I’m flying into St Louis on Thursday to meet up with a friend, we’re driving 8 hours north to Minnesota for the Zumbro “Midnight” 50 on Friday night/Saturday morning, hopefully finishing up the race around noon, driving 8 hours back to St Louis by Saturday night, (hopefully) running the Go! St Louis road Marathon on Sunday morning, then flying back to Seattle on Monday. Typing that out now seems a little crazy, but it’s all a part of my grand master plan for Mohican 100 in two months and Squamish 50m/50k weekend in four months.

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2015 Zumbro “Midnight” 50 mile – Preview

The Zumbro “Midnight” 50 is my second event of the year and takes place this coming Friday night/Satuday morning (04/11/2015) in Southeastern Minnesota Bluff Country, about 2 hours south of Minneapolis. The looped course (three loops of 16.7 miles!) trail run is almost entirely in the Zumbro River Bottoms Management area within a portion of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest with 9,294 feet of vert gain and hovering between 700-1,100 feet above sea level.

This is really a part of a bigger race weekend as I’m flying into St Louis on Thursday to meet up with a friend, we’re driving 8 hours north to Minnesota for the Zumbro “Midnight” 50 on Friday night/Saturday morning, hopefully finishing up the race around noon, driving 8 hours back to St Louis by Saturday night, (hopefully) running the Go! St Louis road Marathon on Sunday morning, then flying back to Seattle on Monday. Typing that out now seems a little crazy, but it’s all a part of my grand master plan for Mohican 100 in two months and Squamish 50m/50k weekend in four months.

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Yellowstone-Teton 50 mile Endurance Run – Race Preview

The Yellowstone-Teton Endurance Run – 50 mile is my ninth event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (09/20/2014) starting at Mesa Falls, Idaho and running south through Idaho along the western edge of the Tetons. The 50 mile point to point run is mostly all on paved, packed dirt, and gravel road with only a few thousand feet of vertical gain.

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Squamish 50 mile – Race Preview

The Squamish 50 is my seventh event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (08/16/2014) starting in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada and running north through the headlands around Alice Lake Provincial Park and ending back in downtown Squamish. Technically a point to point race, the 50 mile trail run has both 11,000 feet of vert gain and descent and is a really a clockwise loop with the start and finish about 1km apart.

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Mt Hood 50 mile – Preview

The Mt Hood 50 is my sixth event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (0712/2014) on the southern side of Mt Hood in north central Oregon. The dual out and back, one north at 28 miles and one south at 22 miles, trail run is almost entirely on the well traveled Pacific Crest Trail with 5,500 feet of vert gain and hovering between 3,000-4,000 feet above sea level at the majestic base of Mt Hood.

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Bryce Canyon 50k – Preview

The Bryce Canyon 50k is my fifth event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (06/14/2014) not so surprisingly in Bryce Canyon, Utah (although not in the National Park). While traversing the western cliff of the Paunsaugunt plateau and taking in the expansive view of the Dixie National Forest to the east, the course winds it’s way up 6000 feet of vertical gain through singletrack sand trails weaving past monumental and towering hoodoos and spires hovering between 7500 and 9000 feet above sea-level.

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Sun Mountain 25k – Preview

The Sun Mountain 25k is my fourth event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (05/17/2014) on Sun Mountain in the Methow Valley. With wildflowers in peak bloom and the trail winding through snake, bear, and cow country, your focus on sweeping the trail will be checked by the vertical elevation. At 1900 feet of vertical gain and most of it coming in the front half in one fell swoop, the back half of the looped course should be a screamer of a descent.

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Sunflower Trail Marathon – Preview

The Sunflower Trail Marathon takes place this coming Saturday (05/10/2014) in the Methow Valley in Washington State. Although the course has a net elevation loss of -475 feet, there’s still 1750 feet uphill, it is entirely on trails and it is technically up in the mountains, so it’s just like walk in the park – if you’re park looked like this.

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